There are (few) appropriate times for shouting "Look Ma, no hands!" Driving a car is not one of those times. Yet that didn't stop a man from North Yorkshire, England from driving, evidently relaxed, with his hands behind his head.

Richard Newton, 36, was caught traveling between 60 and 63 miles per hour by a North Yorkshire Police safety camera on a two-lane road in his mid-80s Volkswagen. Newton was pulled over and cited for dangerous driving. According to The Telegraph, Newton was found guilty by magistrates who opted to throw the book at him.

In addition to being banned from driving for a year, Newton was fined 625 pounds ($1025,25) and will be forced to perform 100 hours of community service. Keeping both hands on the wheel is a good idea where ever you're driving - doubly so if you're on Her Majesty's roads.

Scroll down to watch what looks to be dash cam video of the incident, captured by North Yorkshire Police and provided by The Telegraph.


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      marv.shocker
      • 11 Months Ago
      I wish they would do that here. At least he appears to be looking at the road, unlike the idiots on the 405...
      nineeleventothecore
      • 11 Months Ago
      Did she also get a ticket for driving with the back of her head?
      PatrickH
      • 11 Months Ago
      bunch of uptight ******** over there. Who here hasn't ever held the wheel with their knee while doing a quick stretch?
      rjstanford
      • 11 Months Ago
      One thing to keep in mind is that - unlike the US - British driving rules are very strict, as is their testing (to the point that a British license actually qualifies you to teach driver's ed in some parts of the world - you can be failed completely for something as basic as "lack of confidence behind the wheel"). In exchange for this, and for cracking down on idiots, they have some very reasonable rules based on the idea that everyone knows how to drive instead of a stack of stupid ones because you have to assume that nobody does.
      denniskfc
      • 11 Months Ago
      he caught the book being thrown at him with his free hands
      Miami996
      • 11 Months Ago
      One use for the old Johnson :)
      b.rn
      • 11 Months Ago
      If they threw the book at him, he probably had a long record and was a jerk in court.
      FuelToTheFire
      • 11 Months Ago
      When driving on the highway, I sometimes drive with my hands behind my head. There's literally no point in putting them on the wheel, unless I'm passing or trying to block someone off. It's not even that bad.
        Narom
        • 11 Months Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        Can i have your licence and registration please?
      Koenigsegg
      • 11 Months Ago
      completely ridiculous , random made up amount of money fined for driving handless for a couple minutes? foh
        Narom
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Koenigsegg
        It's not random. There are set amounts of fines based on which law they've broke it would be a compound of smaller fines + the mandatory victim surcharge which goes towards cases where the guilty have no money to give to victims.
          Pj Taintz
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Narom
          wait wait wait, are you telling me, that someone has to pay MORE money in their fines, to cover those criminals who break the law and cant pay? how is that even slightly fair?? dont do the crime if you cant pay the dime
      Bernie Kressner
      • 11 Months Ago
      Doesn't look that bad to me. He seems to handle things well. I see a lot of drivers driving without either hands or brains, so why pick on this enterprising young fellow? ------------------
        Narom
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Bernie Kressner
        So lets say a rabbit jumps out the side of the road or a pothole do you think he's in charge enough to stop a swerve into the on coming traffic?
          Pj Taintz
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Narom
          you dont swerve for a small animal, you just hit it, sounds cruel but its better to hit a rabbit instead of a tree or oncoming car
          Cool Disco Dan
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Narom
          Only an idiot would swerve into other lanes to avoid a rabbit.
          cmcilroy35
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Narom
          The defensive driving classes I've been to said not to swerve for animals. -Chris
          Rob
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Narom
          I thought one of the criteria of swerving was having your hands on the steering wheel to initiate said swerve
        mycommentemail
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Bernie Kressner
        Sure. Why not? I'm, quite sure his knees can handle, say, a tire blowing out. He's really quite the genius.
      Wetstuff
      • 11 Months Ago
      He probably also wakeboards in the local puddles. Dumb Chit. Jim
      Gorgenapper
      • 11 Months Ago
      Darwin Award
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